China refers to dishes made of a certain kind of ceramic material. China includes; plates, bowls, etc.
The dishware is called "China" because that is where Europeans initially found some of the best quality porcelain dishes.
Other terms are crockery or porcelain.
Some people collect china in sets or as individual due to their displayal of beauty on shelves and cabinets. Some people collect just certain pieces of china such as commemorative plates or tea sets.
- Wikipedia's article on dishware
- Wikipedia's article on porcelain
- Wikipedia's article on bone china
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